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My Papers? No Thank You

Merry Colin in Arizona Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 2:58 PM
Actually, about the only place I know where police are wasting time as an art form is in the city of Scottsdale. We don't have a PD; we have a damned army. Otherwise, the Shreiff and DPS have bigger worries on heavily traveled, high speed interstates. They aren't cruising the neighborhoods. They are county or State employees. Illegals are simply a discovery upon a stop. Some here in AZ would like all police agencies to have the right to demand licenses even from pedestrians without cause. They are such a small minority--- like the OWS crowd. Insignificant. Would never happen.

With the Supreme Court taking up Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law, we're once again thrust into a useful debate over the role of the government and the obligations of the citizen -- and non-citizen. Rather than come at it from the usual angle, I thought I'd try something different.

If there were one thing I could impress upon people about the nature of the state, it's that governments by their very nature want to make their citizens "legible."

I borrow that word from James C. Scott, whose book "Seeing Like a State" left a lasting impression on me. Scott...